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feel like family at bayfield village clippers


IMG_3967Bayfield Village Clippers opened in the village on July 8. Kim Salsbury (left) Courtney Hedley and Robin Hedley (right) offer full salon services for man, woman and child.  

Clients who step through the door into Bayfield Village Clippers at 16 Main St. North, beside The Gravy Boat, will immediately feel at home, maybe even part of the family – if sisters Kim Salsbury and Robin Hedley, along with her daughter, Courtney Hedley, have any say about it.

“Our business slogan is – our family taking care of your family,” said Robin.

The trio are the owners of this hair salon, barber shop and gift store that opened for business on July 8. Robin is a hair stylist with 39 years of experience while Courtney has been styling and barbering for 11 years. Kim has created a little niche for herself within the shop offering giftware, jewellery and more for sale. In these early days of the business, she shared that she is feeling inspired to perhaps take a hair stylist course or branch out into the area of manicures etc. but for now is content with getting the shop established.

It has been a whirlwind for the trio as they took possession of the keys on Canada Day and then began transforming the shop into a relaxed space with a beachy, cottage feel. The women all love to recycle, reuse and refurbish both furnishings and décor items and it shows in the eclectic shop design – from antique furniture to wood taken from a barn built in 1896 on a friend’s property, Cedar Rail Ranch.

Robin’s station is delightfully feminine while Courtney’s corner has a masculine inspired layout with a selection of vintage licence plates from her step-grandfather’s collection adorning the walls, a red tool-kit to hold styling products and a flat-screen tv on the wall to provide clients with sports updates it they so desire.

IMG_3960Deb Johnston stopped in for a haircut and style with Robin Hedley on the morning of July 10. Bayfield Village Clippers is open six days a week and walk-ins are welcome.

And coming soon will be a special hydraulic car that kids can “drive” while getting their hair cut!

“We filled the space with touches of all our grandparents from the licence plates, to clocks even a pipe,” said Kim of the décor. She also noted that getting the business ready for their July 6th open house was also a family affair, with their parents and spouses pitching in. They considered the open house a great success with about 150 people dropping by.

“We’d like to thank everyone who helped us open in a week,” said Kim.

She went on to say that the electrician, plumber and woodworker they had on the project were all local tradespeople.

Kim, Robin and Courtney are originally from Windsor but their whole family has been coming to Bayfield for many summers to visit the sisters’ parents who have a trailer in the community. The sisters recently decided to move closer to their parents, Kim resides in Clinton, Robin lives just outside of Bayfield while Courtney moved as well and now lives in the village.

Bayfield Village Clippers is a full-service woman’s salon offering cuts, perms, colors and waxing. They also offer services for men including, beard trims, facial shaves and a complimentary neck shave with each haircut.

“We want to keep our cuts affordable and offer women’s cuts for $26,” said Kim.

Bayfield Village Clippers is currently open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They plan to be open year-round and walk-ins are encouraged. For appointments please call 519 565-2887 (CUTS). They can also be found on Facebook or Instagram at Bayfield Village Clippers.

Bayfield Trails adds Huron Hospice Tranquility Trail

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce that it is adding the “Tranquility Trail”, located on the property behind the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) on Hwy 8 across from the Woodland Golf Course, near Clinton, to its group of area nature trails.

The trail is approximately 1 KM long and BRVTA volunteers will be enhancing this new trail over the next few months to ensure that it is accessible to HRH residents, their family members and the general public looking for a bit of Zhen time.

The Tranquility Trail was originally constructed in the spring of 2018 by volunteers of the BRVTA, in partnership with the Maitland Trail Association.

The HRH is currently developing a program for a Memorial Forest – which will include some benches – along the trail to enhance the setting and provide an area to remember loved ones.

Visitors can park on the hospice parking lot, and follow the signs toward the back of the property.

Fallen Acorns BOOK LAUNCH generates donation for Hospice 

48253458612_c8622dd424_kLocal author Holly Jeffers debuted her second novel at a special afternoon Book Launch at The Lake House of Bayfield, on July 10. A portion of the proceeds from the book were donated to the Huron Residential Hospice. (Photos by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

Holly Jeffers was delighted that her new novel, “Fallen Acorns”, was so well received at the Book Launch last Wednesday afternoon, July 10.

The Lake House of Bayfield was the venue for the event and their function room had been beautifully transformed to provide a literary atmosphere, thanks to Graham Wallace and his excellent staff. Everyone was able to enjoy a glass of wine, chat with friends and anticipate their summer reading!

But the main aim of the event was to raise money for a local asset - the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH). Attendees were encouraged to peruse a display of photographs and information in order to better appreciate the caring work that is done there.

It was with enormous pleasure, that Jeffers visited the HRH on Thursday afternoon, July 11, to present Co-chair of the HRH Board of Directors, Jay McFarlan a cheque for $300.

Jeffers extends a thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!

48253414241_8062d2cb4a_kA glass of wine was offered with every $20 book purchase and the author of the book, entitled, "Fallen Acorns", was delighted to sign copies.  

Celtic super-group to perform at the Bayfield Town Hall

RUNA imageOne of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 5.(Submitted photo)  

RUNA will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival on Monday, Aug. 5.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.

Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30

p.m. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased online at no additional cost at

BBQ in support of saving church building happening next month 

St. James', Middleton Church was deconsecrated on Jan. 20, 2019 but its story is not yet ended. The Huron County Historical Society is hoping to designate the church, established in 1872, as an Ontario historical site. There is also a grass-roots group looking to save the former church building from potential dismatling once sold by the Diocese of Huron

“The Huron Anglican Diocese has granted us a year, until June 2020, to achieve funding and a viable plan to repurpose St. James Middleton Church,” said Janice Middleton.

With that cause in mind a Summer BBQ and Silent Auction will be held at Bayfield Arena from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.

“This Summer BBQ will kick off the first of a series of fundraisers aimed at reaching our goal of $100,000,” said Middleton. “The money is needed to maintain and care for the building while the friends of St. James’, Middleton attain designation for the building as a heritage site and a new community purpose for the building is established.”

On the menu for the BBQ, prepared by Chef Devin Tabor of Bon Vivant Catering in Clinton, will be BBQ beef, gourmet burgers and dogs, corn cobettes, salads,bread and assorted desserts.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Children 10 and under eat free. Tickets are available at Brandon Hardware in Bayfield, 519 565-2677; Bartliff’s Restaurant and Bakery in Clinton, 519 482-9727; and at Fincher's Books and Gifts in Goderich, 519 524-6901.

In addition to the silent auction, the winning ticket for an original oil painting by artist Nancy Harper will be raffled at the BBQ. The painting is currently on display at Fincher’s and tickets are available there as well. They are selling for $20 each or three for $40. (To see an image of the painting please visit the Bayfield Breeze Issue 522.) 

For further information please contact Janice Middleton at 902 634-3371 or find the group on Facebook at Saint James' Middleton Anglican Church.

three days of celebrating Woodstock coming this august

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) are pleased to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with three Woodstock-inspired events on Aug. 16-18.

a5172b58-6f4d-4137-83d6-5cf024d097d6_Super_PortraitOn Aug. 16, an evening celebrating the music of Janis Joplin will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall performed by "Inspired by Janis" with Chuckee Zehr. (Submitted photo)  

On Friday, Aug. 16, “Woodstock In Bayfield” kicks off at the Bayfield Town Hall with Janis Joplin-inspired music by the group “Inspired by Janis”. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar. For tickets, call Patricia Baker, 519 955-1456 or Mark Edmunds, 519 521-2994.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, “Woodstock Experience” will perform songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others. This concert will be held in conjunction with the BAS and will be held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.

Members of the band include Grant Heywood, drums, guitar, congas and vocals; Cheryl Lescom, vocals, percussion; Marc Shickluna, bass; Rick Taylor, guitar, congas, harmonica, and vocals; Steve Toman, guitar and vocals; Chuckee Zehr, keys, vocals and Musical Director. The gates for this show will open at 7 p.m. with the concert following at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Refreshments will be available at the BAS Beer Tent plus there will be a food truck on site for those who get the munchies. 

Best of all, now people can purchase tickets online at no additional cost! Visit and select “purchase tickets” from the Events menu at the top of the page. Select the desired event, select the number of tickets and then ‘check out’. The email confirmation acts as the ticket and should be brought to the concert as proof of purchase.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, take a seat at the Bayfield Town Hall to view “Woodstock The Movie”, the Oscar-winning documentary which captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances and the experiences of those who were there 50 years ago. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations to the Bayfield Town Hall would be appreciated.


Farmers' market 


Summer is in full swing, and Huron County’s fields and gardens are once again producing gorgeous fresh foods. Saskatoon berries, raspberries and red currants are all in season and can be found at Bayfield Berry Farm’s stall. Tomatoes, broccoli and sugar snap peas are available at Firmly Rooted Farm, along with their usual wide variety of beautiful organic fresh greens and vegetables.

New to the market this year is Lana’s Foods. Vendors Andriy and Svitlana Belichenko offer European style homemade foods such as cabbage rolls, perogies and meat crepes, fully cooked and ready to take home. They’ll even heat them on site for customers to enjoy in the park. Their stall is located right beside Shopbike Coffee’s stall.

Live music by Tom Taylor will be featured at the market on July 19.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday, 3-7 p.m., in Clan Gregor Square, from now until Thanksgiving weekend.

Councilor's Corner 

There will be some important topics open for discussion at the next Councilor’s Corner to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on July 18.

These topics will include: Sewage capacity, potential options, costs and expected/ potential growth of the village; South Tuyll St. beach access update; and a speed reduction strategy.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.

Fireworks at Park

Celebrate the Civic Holiday Weekend with the Friends of Bayfield and the Friend of Pioneer Park as they host a Fireworks Display on the evening of Aug. 4.

The fireworks will be launched from the South Pier at 9 p.m. so Pioneer Park will be an excellent vantage point from which to watch the spectacle. Also, that evening, starting at 7 p.m., special music will be provided and an opportunity to Paint the Sunset with Robin will be offered. People are encouraged to pack a picnic and make a full night of it!

glass art for hospice

IMG_1874Art by Roberta Stemp. (Submitted photo)

In support of Huron Hospice, Bayfield artist Roberta Stemp has graciously donated a wonderful handmade glass on glass mosaic, which will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of July.

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time period.

The silent auction will close on July 31 at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.

The piece measures 15 ¾” x 15 ¼” and is mounted on a vintage window frame.

All proceeds will be donated to the Huron Hospice in Clinton.


Take 3 and company  Take 3 & Company (Submitted photo)

An award-wining vocal Jazz ensemble from London, ON will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 27.

“Take 3 & Company” will be performing songs from Burt Bacharach and Sergio Mendes including: Bacharach songs such as “Walk On By”, “You’ll Never Get To Heaven”, “Alfie”, and Sergio Mendes’ “Mas Que Nada”, “The Look of Love”, and “Fool On The Hill”.

The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Now people can purchase Bayfield Town Hall events tickets online at no additional cost as there is no surcharge to buy online! Visit and select “purchase tickets” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. This page will display images of all of the great Town Hall Events for the season.

To purchase tickets, click on the desired event and select “add to cart”, then select the number of tickets and “check out”. At “check out” simply include an email address, and provide credit card information including, name and address. The Town Hall will send a confirmation to the email address. The email confirmation acts as the ticket and should be brought to the concert as proof of purchase or present the confirmation on a mobile phone.

Anyone who would prefer to pick up their tickets, should call 519 565-5788 and Press ‘1’ for ticket sales or call Patricia Baker, 519 955-1456 or Mark Edmunds, 519 521-2994.

Bayfield Fair Prizes 

Those folks responsible for the prizes at the Bayfield Community Fair are quite excite to announce a late addition.

“We've had an anonymous donor contribute $500 toward special crop prizes this year,” announced Jillianne Reinseth, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS).

The prizes are in the soybean and wheat categories with 1st prizes earning $150 each plus a special non-GMO soybean category will fetch $200.

“There aren't many farmers anymore using non-GMO seeds so our anonymous sponsor wants to reward them,” said Reinseth.

The beans and wheat can be from this year's or last year’s crop and are to be shown in one quart jars with three seed head stalks attached to the jar (ripe or immature).

The entrants can get more information on the BAS website at

The dreamboats 

42375716504_bf9e217a9b_kMichael's Pharmasave will be hosting “The Dreamboats” in concert as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The guys will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

“The Dreamboats” will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Area residents may be familiar with this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group as they performed at the Bayfield Town Hall the previous two summers. Both concerts were sell-out events!

This time around, Michael’s Pharmasave is hosting this concert in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $45.

The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Established Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the era’s favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.

For tickets visit anyone of the three Michael’s Pharmasave locations or call: Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519 482-5037.

Seeds Rooted in Youth 

Janneke Vorsteveld, the educator behind “Seeds Rooted in Youth” will be holding two summer camp programs during August using Bayfield as home base.

Eight to 12-year-olds can camp Aug. 5-10. Youth aged 10-12 years, or those who have taken part in a past program, are eligible for the final camp of the season, Aug. 19-23.

According to Vorsteveld, “The programs are all outdoors for youth with varying locations around the Bayfield region. There will be lots of outdoor skills learned and field trips to different community businesses to learn from them, along with varying guests to come and teach the youth.”

The camps cost $250 for the week and includes all food, camping gear and a t-shirt.

To learn more visit:




 Passion for craft beer translates into new brewery 


IMG_3911Co-owners of the Bayfield Brewing Co. Bianca Safai, Adam Keys, Kelly-Ann Keys, Ryan Keys and Sarah Keys were joined by family, friends, Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp and Bayfield Ward Representative Bill Whetstone at the grand opening of the Taproom and Brewery midday on July 6.  

“Drop an anchor and enjoy a brew!” That is the motto of the Bayfield Brewing Co. They want to encourage everyone to join them in celebrating their love of craft beer but to do so responsibly.

July 6th was a milestone day for the owners of the newest craft brewery in Huron County as they officially cut the ribbon on their Taproom and Brewery and they celebrated this milestone with family, friends and the community. The adjacent Brewpub that compliments the establishment, The Bayfield Public House, opened in 2018.

The Brewpub, Taproom, Retail Shop and Brewery are in the building located at 14 Main Street North. It is perhaps, best known in the community as “The Woollen Shop” opened in 1945 by Hugh Edighoffer, although the building has been home to a variety of businesses since it was constructed by Shoemaker George Brownett in 1855.

“We wanted to respect the heritage of the building by keeping the look with the original wood trims etc. but also bring it up to code,” explained Bianca Safai, co-owner.

She also explained that another co-owner, Ryan Keys, has a dual role in the company, not only is he the beer maker, he is also a cabinet maker. He created all the shelves and the bar in the Taproom as well as the boards the beer flights are served on and the charcuterie boards that delightful nibbles are offered on.

IMG_3888Co-owners of the Bayfield Brewing Co Adam Keys (left) and Sarah Keys look on as Beer Maker Ryan Keys cuts the ribbon on the Taproom and Brewery during their grand opening event on July 6.  

IMG_3895Christening with their own brews at the grand opening of the Bayfield Brewing Co. Taproom and Brewery were co-owners Adam Keys, Ryan Keys and Sarah Keys.  

IMG_3898Ryan and Sarah Keys share a toast of their own special bubbly brew during the ribbon cutting ceremonies.  

Ryan has been apprenticing with Charles MacLean, a Master Brewer and Founder of MacLean’s Ales in Hanover.

“Charles has offered Ryan hands on experience. Our first seasonal brew will hopefully be available by the beginning of August. Ryan and Charles have created the recipes and Ryan is eager to get started,” said Bianca.

Just looking at the shiny new tanks in the three-barrel system complete with musher and mixer and it becomes evident why Ryan isn’t the only one excited to start brewing on site.

IMG_3882Bianca Safai, stirred up the crowd gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Taproom and Brewery at the Bayfield Brewing Co. located at 14 Main Street North in the village. The event was held midday on July 6.

Bianca went on to explain that there are plans for people to book an experience at the brewery where Ryan will talk visitors through the process of how the beer was made while they enjoy a pint. They will also offer a limited number of Beer Memberships where members can enjoy eight first sip events during the year. The members will be able to provide feedback on how the beer tastes as well as offer suggestions on what the brew should be named. She is also looking forward to really ramping up the infusion of their beers into their locally sourced menus at their Brewpub next door.

“Currently, we are using a Brown Ale BBQ Sauce and we have an IPA Pear Compote that we serve on our charcuterie boards,” Bianca said.

She is also quick to point out that the owners’ love of craft beer extends beyond their own brews.

IMG_3918Bayfield Brewing Co. Taproom and the adjacent brewpub - The Bayfield Public House are now open at 14 Main Street North in the village.

“We love celebrating local craft beers and wine and we feature them next door at the Brewpub. It is a great way to promote the area. We are not in competition. The craft beer makers are a really tight knit group that is very supportive of one another and we want to help each other establish Huron County as a craft beer destination,” Bianca said.

The Bayfield Brewing Co. has a team of owners, in addition to Bianca and Ryan, Sarah Keys, Adam Keys and Kelly-Ann Keys are an integral part of the group.

“Bianca and I went to high school together and we hadn’t seen each other in a long time when she called me asking about possible places to set up a business in the village as she and her husband were moving to the area,” said Sarah.

“I grew up in Grand Bend and had been working in corporate in Toronto when an opportunity for my husband came up to move here. During that phone call, Sarah asked me if I might be interested in investing in a brewery so we met over a pint to discuss it and a month later we were on board and joined in on the venture this past December,” added Bianca.

“We are a good team,” said Sarah. “Communication is key, if something isn’t okay we can talk it out and find a solution, plus the benefit of having co-owners is that at any given moment at least one owner will be on site.”

“Ryan and Adam got into the business for the love of craft beer. Their dad Ron Keys has also been a great help to us in any way he can. He often delivers our beers to area restaurants. Their excitement and passion are contagious," said Bianca.

IMG_3922Following the ribbon cutting, (l-r) co-owners Adam Keys, Ryan Keys and Sarah Keys showed Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone and Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp the area where seasonal brews will be produced on site very soon!  

This excitement and passion have translated into four brews: Cabinet Maker, a Canadian Pale Ale; Woollen Shop, a Brown Ale; Navigating Lieutenant, a Light Lager; and Captain Ronny, an India Pale Ale.

These brews can be sampled in the Taproom as well as purchased for home consumption in cans or Growlers that can be brought back to be refilled. They can also be found in the Brewpub as well as in many area restaurants.

The Bayfield Brewing Co. plans to be open year-round. For more information visit: or find them on Facebook at Bayfield Brewing Co.

Huron County municipalities launch digital main street 

Huron County Economic Development is thrilled to announce that Municipalities and Business Improvement Associations across Huron County have received a $70,000 Digital Main Street grant to help Main Street businesses improve their digital marketing and online presence.

A joint program delivered by the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative and the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street aims to help businesses with everything from their websites and social media, to launching ecommerce platforms and using data to drive new business opportunities and become more successful.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the many small businesses in Huron County to enhance and grow their digital capabilities with no impact to their operating expenses,” said Jeff Kish, Entrepreneur and Business coach. “Small Main Street businesses are the heart of our communities, and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to flourish.”

Trained digital specialists will begin visiting small, independently-owned businesses in the downtown areas to conduct an audit which will take into account their current online or e-business capabilities and open the door to enhancing those capabilities. They will assist Huron County’s downtown businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business, conduct a digital-readiness assessment and apply for a $2,500 digital transformation grant.

Businesses within Huron County will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad over the coming months. For more information about the Digital Main Street program, contact Jeff Kish at

local children "bake" a difference to CPH

On Tuesday, July 9, four local children presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation with the proceeds from their bake sale.

Kate Meyers, 6, William Meyers 4, Milan Prouse, 5 and Calder Prouse, 7, held a bake sale on Saturday, July 6 in Clinton, selling cupcakes and cookies. They decided to donate the $130 they made from their sales to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF), so that, according to Kate,“The hospital can keep helping people who get sick.”

The CPHF Board of Directors and Staff are so grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of these four young people, as every donation makes a difference to the hospital!

190709 bake sale donationFour youngsters recently presented the proceeds from a bake sale to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) Coordinator Darlene McCowan (left) and CPHF Vice-Chair Una Roy. (Submitted photo)


 bluewater news

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on July 2.

• Requested that staff bring forward a report to Council with pricing to proceed with the LED lighting project.
• Entered into a contract for Economic Development Coordination Services.
• Gave direction to staff on the Hay Hall monetary contribution for the construction of the Hay Hall roof, which is being primarily funded by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Mainstreet Revitalization Initiative Funding.
• Awarded the Zurich Complex Ice Resurfacing – Tender to Resurface Corp. for a total contract price of $95,240.00 exclusive of taxes.

CPH Renovations 

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is advising the public that the Admitting Entrance at their Clinton Public Hospital site will be closed from now until July 19. This is due to replacement of exterior doors.

Patients visiting the Emergency Department should use the Ambulance doors.

All other patients and visitors are asked to use the Main Entrance during this closure.

The HPHA thank hospital visitors and patients in advance for their patience and cooperation as the work is completed.

Behind the Bars

Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.

Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.

Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.

Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website,, or people can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.

Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.

Better together gala 

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting the Sixth Annual “Better Together” Gala at the Libro Hall in Clinton.

CTV News Report Scott Miller will be the master of ceremonies for the evening and Huron Shores Catering will provide the dinner. There will also be a live auction featuring, “Layne, The Auctionista” as well as a silent auction, raffle table, “fund-a-need”, entertainment and guest speakers.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $60 each and are available from HCFBDC Board Members;; or by calling the office at 519 913-2362.


There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.

Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.

BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.

People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at

Maitland El Camino 

The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”

Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.

A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.

“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.

Registration is now open at and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.

Visit the MTA’s website or contact for more information about this exciting event.  


The coordinators, of the Huron County Newspaper Digitization Project (HCNDP), are looking for information about Art Elliott, former editor of The Bayfield Bulletin (1964-68).

The Huron County Library needs help to locate the family of Art Elliott, a newspaperman who came to Bayfield in the 1960s to start the first weekly paper in nearly 70 years. Mr. Elliott had previously worked for the Goderich Signal-Star, the Listowel Banner, Waterloo Chronicle, Malton Times, and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec).

Anyone with information is invited to contact Beth Knazook, Special Project Coordinator at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.

Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.


Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.

Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered before Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.

To register for a back pack please call after July 2: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387. 


The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.

The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.

People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.

The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.

The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.

The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.

Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263.

Bayfield activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?

A new website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.







Volume 10

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, another photograph from the Admiral Bayfield Day held in the 1990s. Identified in the photo are Ian Marr (left) and Michael Diamond in costume. Does anyone recognize the women Diamond is posing with? 


Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.


ISSUE 521 


In Issue 521, another image from an Admiral Bayfield Day held in the 1990s. This image shows Rick Penhale (left) in the Penhale Family carriage with Admiral Bayfield. Does anyone recall any details about this event?



In Issue 522, we feature another image from the Carolyn Snell collection. She notes that it was taken the year The Albion Hotel obtained its liquor licence. Not all the individuals in this picture can be identified by Snell – perhaps others can help fill in the blanks? To date we have: ____, ____, Eric Earl, Alice and Joe Brandon, Myrtle Robinson and MP Bob McKinley (cutting ribbon), ___ Walter Erickson, _____, ____ and Jack Sturgeon.




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IMG_3997The line to get into the outdoor portion of the Rummage Sale grows longer every year - people started lining up over an hour ahead of opening and remained enthusiastic throughout.

IMG_3993Mary Thomson and Grace Koehler appear to have a lot of fun volunteering together at the Outside Boutique.

IMG_4022Hot dog chefs extraordinaire, John Thorton, Nick Howell and Cal Scotchmer kept volunteers and shoppers fuelled and refreshed for Friday's shopping frenzy.  

IMG_4933Silohetted by the light from the Zamboni entrance, Carl Humphries and Catherine Tiillmann (right) prepare to open the arena rink doors to start the indoor portion of the Rummage Sale - the folks in the crowd, that lined the full length of Agriculture Park to the ball diamond, were anxious to get shopping. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_4024Kip Cantrick, Catherine Tillmann and Tom Grasby watched the line up to get in to the indoor portion of the Rummage Sale grow steadily longer as 7 p.m. approached - the excitement was palpable.

IMG_4028Anny Johnston (second from right) stopped into the Shabby Chic booth just prior to the start of the 72nd Rummage Sale to say hello to her fellow volunteers (l-r): Helen Latimer, Dinah DeGroot and Joy Yates.  

IMG_4038Deb Grasby volunteered in the lighting section this year - from classic styles to an eclectic feather lamp there was something to suit all decor tastes.  

IMG_4951The Housewares booth was a beehive of activity shortly after the stroke of seven. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_4953This is how the arena floor looked just five minutes in to the 72nd Rummage Sale for Pioneer Park. (Photo by John Pounder)  



The 72nd Pioneer Park Rummage sale was successful by any yardstick. Feedback from those in attendance told organizers that there were lots of great sale items and the arena setup looked fabulous.

And this year the Rummage sale went Green with a big emphasis on Reducing Waste, Recycling where possible, and giving unsold items another chance to be re-used.

Three indicators of the event’s popularity are the length of the 6:30 p.m. line to enter the outdoor sales pad, the length of the 7 p.m. line to enter the arena proper, and the number of hotdogs sold.

Safety supervisor Karl Dean said, “The outdoor pad line snaked all the way behind the new Agriculture building and beyond, and the big Arena line stretched all the way back to the ball diamonds again.”

Hotdog seller Nick Howell said, “Hotdog sales were brisk and up significantly from last year.”

As for going Green, the team is still trying to fill the gap left when Phil Gemeinhardt retired from the Rummage Sale. His family would annually load and remove all the unsold items at the end of the evening. Last year was a year of adjustment and everyone felt too much was sent to landfill. As a result, this year’s big emphasis was on waste reduction and on increased re-use. To that end grass roots individuals and tables again took unsold items to local non-profits, local non-profit, “Seeds Rooted in Youth” ran an Electronic Recycle Depot simultaneously with the Rummage Sale, and the big difference maker was the partnership with Goodwill Goderich who accepted a 28’ truck load of unsold goodies from the Sale on Saturday morning.

The community really comes together to support Pioneer Park as its main fundraiser. Starting with the Reder’s loan of their Quonset hut in the spring for donation receiving and storage, through donations of Rummage items and Silent Auction treasures from the community, to the 200 plus volunteers who move, sort and sell goods, everyone gets involved. There is even a core of bakers who provide their wares and who sold out again this year.

The success of the 72nd Rummage Sale is very timely as Pioneer Park has had to dip deep into their reserves for the Bank Revetment project, and just in time too for record high lake levels. One of the organizers, Pattie MacDonald was touched by how the community pulled together again for this one- day event.

“A huge thank you for an incredible effort to all our donors, volunteers and shoppers who do so much for Pioneer Park,” concluded MacDonald.

IMG_4008Puzzles and games are always a draw for those who attend the annual Rummage Sale.

IMG_4001This piece of Bayfield history is also a work of art that no doubt will make an interesting conversation piece in someone's home or garden.

IMG_4020Mary Cross (right), of Bayfield, had the distinction of being the first person in line at the 72nd annual Rummage Sale. She made friends with the second person in line - Sally Sims, of Grand Bend.

IMG_4058This shopper's strategy was shop until you drop comfortably into your newly purchased rocking chair.  

IMG_4033Leigh Selk volunteered in what was probably the prettiest booth in the arena on Friday night. - the Garden section.  \IMG_4045There was a large amount of linens, blankets and comforters available for purchase that really seemed to appeal to the crowd.  

IMG_4050There were plenty of artificial flowers available for bargain prices at the 72nd annual event.  



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Bayfield in the Summertime... By Dawn Cumming

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








Family folklore has it that my great-grandmother on my father’s side planted the trees around our farmhouse. We may have walked this earth at different times but I have always felt that she and I may have been kindred spirits with a shared respect for these stately trees that have continued to provide shade and shelter for the generations that came after.

You might then imagine that I was pretty excited to learn that John and I had won the Autumn Blaze Red Maple that was offered in the Silent Auction at the Rummage Sale on Friday night. We planted it in the backyard a few feet away from the remains of a stump from a Spruce tree that resided just outside my bedroom window when I was a child. It saddened me when that tree had to come down so it made my heart sing to plant its successor nearby. 

Right now, standing in the shadow of the adult trees it is adorable in its “petiteness” but I can envision it standing strong and tall just as my great-grandmother must have done all those years ago. – Melody











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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder